The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a non-profit program, founded in 1945 by a group of dedicated parents from the Claremont Congregational Church, now known as Claremont United Church of Christ, who identified a need for a preschool program that was different than others in the Claremont area. These parents imagined a preschool where their cooperative efforts could create a stimulating and exciting learning environment for their children. They created a school where parents could play a direct role in their child’s education! Today, the Early Childhood Center is one of a handful of Parent Participation preschools and infant programs in the Claremont area. We continue to carry on this tradition of excellence.The Early Childhood Center embraces a developmental philosophy of learning, which supports and respects the child as he/she is. ECC supports the knowledge that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences. Through the guidance of carefully selected teachers, each child will have the opportunity to explore and enrich his/her world socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually toward optimal growth.